Update On Afghans

I have gotten a tremendouMade-with-Loves amount of afghans done! Every time I look at the pile it pleases me.

 

The first thing is that I have been able to keep up with the crocheting. With several chronic illnesses it is hard to keep up with things. I have managed despite the pain in my hands by thinking of all the children that are going to benefit from this. The second thing is that while my Go Fund Me campaign is still going, I have had some private donations come in and I was able to order a few animals to get that started. While I have a long way to go, I am feeling confident that I will be able to get everything completed by the date I have set. I want to have everything done by November 1st.

I have some other news that is very exciting to me,

 

the head supervisor service coordinator is going to spotlight me and my work in their fall newsletter and it goes all over the country, not just here in North Carolina!  Anyway, enough about me.

How have the rest of you been doing?  What have you been up to?  I truly would like to know.  Do any of you have gardens? I miss gardening since I have moved to an urban setting.

It’s a beautiful day today. I hope it is just as beautiful where you are. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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Up Again

It’s 3:47 A.M. and I’ve been up for a while. It’s not unusual for me to be woken up by pain. It usually happens every night. I have to get up and take more pain medication. My legs are on fire. I have degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, gouty arthritis, osteoarthritis. I could go on and on, but I won’t.  I am not in the habit of complaining about my pain, it is what it is. I deal with it the best I can.

What I was going to tell you is that there are several ways that you can learn to live with chronic pain. For me, it was finding something to do that took my mind off of the pain, to at least lessen the pain so that I could function. Crochet was that something for me. It helps me to deal with the overwhelming pain that I feel. Sometimes my house smells of Icy Hot so much that it is overwhelming for a while.  I was lucky enough to find a pair of compression gloves that help my fingers and wrists. I am able to type better now and there is less pain.  I have my lift chair and my extra large heating pad hooked up and oh boy the relief that I get for a while feels so good. I meant to tell you that I now have 14 blankets made for my comfort bags. I’ll take a photo of them soon and post it. After I get done here, I will go to my chair and start on number 15. I bought 30 bags and if I can get 30 blankets done then that would be fantastic. I would like to get them done by November 1st if I can, so whatever the amount of blankets I can manage will have to do. All I need are the stuffed animals. I have a feeling that I need not worry. I will  manage to get what I need.

My medication is starting to work, so I think rather than crochet, I will go back to my bed and get some more sleep. It was nice talking to you all. I hope to see you soon.

 

Comfort Bags

Hello everyone!  It has been a long while since I have been here and I apologize. I haven’t been feeling well and my medications haven’t been agreeing with me,  but I digress.  There are more important things to talk about.

Recently I was honored at a breakfast along with eight other remarkable people as a Senior Champion for doing charitable work. I was sincerely humbled.IMG_20170809_164501_751

 Even now as I sit typing this blog, I smile and realize how lucky I am to be doing what I am doing.

I am working on what I call Comfort Bags. The bag will contain 1 handmade (crocheted) blanket. The blankets will be all different sizes and the bag will also have 1 stuffed animal. I have the yarn for the blankets and I also have the bags. What I need help with is the stuffed animals. That is why I have started a go fund me page.  Help me get some stuffed animals .    The bags will be given to our local police department to give to children that have been traumatized in one way or another. This will let them know that someone cares and loves them.

To me, this is not work, it is a labor of love. I have been doing this for years and I will be doing this for a long time to come.

 

A Stick And Some String

Day 19

A Stick And Some String

I wonder how the idea of crochet came about

Did they try and try and fail and pout

Makes you wonder how they came to ponder

that one would even try to conjure

Why they would persist at anything

With a little stick and some string

Half Done

Day 15

Half Done

I can’t crochet a blanket

and leave it half done.

What good would it be

to leave it half done?

You couldn’t use it

only being half done.

A blanket for charity is no

charity at all when its half done.

How can it keep someone warm

if its only half done.

I can’t do it. Not me. I’m not a

half done kind of person.

It’s all or nothing for me

I don’t do things half done.